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Article Summary: The broad based small and medium-sized Oil & Gas firms are offering job opportunities across the spectrum. Though jobs can vary on the basis of scope, location and technical expertise - everyone can fit in. In fact, currently, from a growth perspective, the sky is the limit. Be it high school graduates contemplating about entering the workforce or university pass outs with a penchant for putting the academic knowledge to practical use, SMEs in the Oil & Gas sector can most certainly absorb everyone - Jess Potts

For prospective employees looking for an entry level career break, if the Oil & Gas sector is not in their wish list, then they must have a relook at their strategy immediately.

The broad based small and medium-sized Oil & Gas firms are offering job opportunities across the spectrum. Though jobs can vary on the basis of scope, location and technical expertise - everyone can fit in.

In fact, currently, from a growth perspective, sky is the limit. Be it high school graduates contemplating about entering the workforce or university pass outs with a penchant for putting the academic knowledge to practical use, SMEs in the Oil & Gas sector can most certainly absorb everyone.

Over the years, SMEs in partnership with the oil majors have encompassed every aspect of the industry - planning to drilling to production.

The jobs in the industry can be broadly categorized into two types: engineering and design projects or managing equipment necessary for implementing the projects.

Therefore, you could be working as a rig technician, a geophysicist, an engineer, and so on. The best thing about SMEs is that they are extremely diverse.

These companies are specialized in a wide array of activities including drilling rigs, consulting or managing off-shore projects.

Again, the career opportunities cover several disciplines - engineering, project controls, project management, procurement, document control, accounting, human resources and piping design.

The sector also offers employment opportunities to people without a university degree, provided they are willing to get trained. In fact, according to industry experts, the best place to start your career within the sector is as a junior crew member on a rig. Over the years, based on the performance one can move up the hierarchy.

If past experience is anything to go by, lots of executives managing drilling and service rig operations made their foray into the industry on the rig. Thus the industry provides excellent opportunity for growth in future, because companies look to fill senior vacancies by promoting junior rig crew members.

- Jess Potts

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